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Twilight of Honor (1963)

A murder case that can't be won is assigned to a young defense attorney. He asks his old ailing friend, a legend among attorneys, for help on the case as his consultant.

Director:

Boris Sagal

Writers:

Henry Denker (screenplay), Al Dewlen (novel)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Chamberlain ... David Mitchell
Nick Adams ... Ben Brown
Claude Rains ... Art Harper
Joan Blackman ... Susan Harper
James Gregory ... Norris Bixby
Joey Heatherton ... Laura Mae Brown
Pat Buttram ... Cole Clinton
Jeanette Nolan ... Amy Clinton
Edgar Stehli Edgar Stehli ... Judge James Tucker
James Bell ... Charles Crispin
George Mitchell ... District Attorney Paul Farish
Don 'Red' Barry ... Judson Elliot (as Donald Barry)
Bert Freed ... Sheriff Buck Wheeler
Robin Raymond ... Tess Braden
June Dayton ... Vera Driscoll
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Storyline

US Air Force veteran Ben Brown has been charged with the murder of aging Cole Clinton, a leading citizen of Durango County, New Mexico. Several months after the discovery of Clint's dead body, Ben was turned in to the authorities for a reward by his wife, Laura Mae Brown, who claims she witnessed the murder. Ben has signed two confessions to killing Clint, who picked up the Browns hitchhiking on the road on his way back home from an out-of-town cattle auction. In addition to the charge against Ben, Laura Mae is charged as a co-defendant, her trial to be separate from Ben's. Although the alleged murder did not happen in Durango County, the trial is held there where most of Clint's friends and family will definitely be in attendance, their goal to see Ben convicted and executed. Instead of District Attorney Paul Farish, Norris Bixby has been appointed special prosecutor to try the case. James Tucker, the presiding judge, appoints a surprised young widowed attorney named David Mitchell, ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

HIS FIRST STARRING ROLE ON THE SCREEN! Richard Chamberlain as a fearless trial lawyer in a drama of love, courage, and murder!

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 1964 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Acusado de homicidio See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Features Nick Adams's only Oscar nominated performance. See more »

Goofs

In the flashback of Ben and Laura Mae hitchhiking along the lonely road in New Mexico miles from town, Cole Clinton drives up in his Imperial convertible and offers them a ride. The convertible has a rear view mirror clearly showing attached to the front windshield in the camera's wide shot point of view. In the next closeup scene with the point of view from the front of the car and the windshield centered in the frame, the rear view mirror is missing. In the next scene, a wide shot of the car driving into the hotel parking lot, the rear view mirror is mysteriously re-attached back onto the windshield. See more »

Quotes

Judge James Tucker: Mr. Mitchell, examine the witness, don't undress her.
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Would-be 'shocking' dialogue digressions litter rote star-vehicle
17 May 2014 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Richard Chamberlain, then-hot from TV's "Dr. Kildare", plays a green defense attorney who takes on a supposedly-unwinnable murder case in court, aided by creaking legal legend Claude Rains. Adaptation of Al Dewlen's novel plays like a junior-league variation of "Anatomy of a Murder"...one without the necessary bold, unflinching talent up-front to make even a mild impression. Rains certainly helps, and slithering Joey Heatherton has a silly but standout supporting role; otherwise, Chamberlain is inherently too soft to carry such a scenario, and the screenplay, dotted with sexual details delivered with whacking emphasis, is (almost amusingly) overripe. *1/2 from ****


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